Faculty development resources ranging from an intensive academic
writing accountability program to one-hour webinars on such topics as
work/life balance are available free and confidentially to members of
the DePaul community.
Nearly 200 faculty, graduate students and others from DePaul have already benefitted from support offered online by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, which also hosts multi-week courses and guest experts to help professors manage their academic careers.
Hiring and retaining an outstanding, diverse faculty and empowering
them to realize their potential as teacher-scholars is an objective in
the Vision 2018 strategic plan. That's why DePaul was among the first universities to secure an institutional membership at NCFDD in 2012.
Individual webinars sharing 10 skills that lead to success in
academia are among the center's most popular programs, according to Amy
Jin Johnson, the NCFDD's institutional membership program administrator.
She says the organization's President and CEO, Kerry Ann Rockquemore,
reminds participants that every term needs a plan. Webinar training
topics designed to make each term a success include academic time
management, the art of saying "no," and dealing with stress and
More demanding opportunities, such as the Faculty Success Program have an associated cost, but DePaul offers grants to participants, making the program free.
Johnson describes the program as a 12-week productivity and
accountability boot camp in which faculty have access to software that
tracks their research and writing efforts, daily and weekly
accountability check-ins, and individual coaching. "While about seventy
percent of FSP participants are junior faculty, we've seen an increase
in the numbers of mid-career and full professors who registered over the
last year," she notes.
Jacqueline Kelly-McHale, associate professor and director of music
education in the School of Music, received a grant to enroll in the
program in summer 2015. "I loved it. I miss it," says Kelly-McHale.
"It's like giving yourself the gift of unlimited support."
During her stint in the program, she completed invited chapters to
four books and the research for an auto-ethnographic project. Motivation
for these accomplishments came in the form of a mentor and three
faculty of the same rank from other universities who also sought a
rigorous writing schedule. "We had concrete steps on how to manage our
time and had to submit a work plan every week," she says.
The experience helped her feel more engaged and gave her the tools to
help her graduate students better organize their research and writing
Lawrence Hamer, associate provost for academic governance and
integrity, says, "The success of DePaul is largely dependent upon the
collective success of each of our faculty, and the ability of each
faculty member to continuously grow and develop." Because the NCFDD
provides a range of professional development opportunities, faculty
members can tailor their choices to fit their situation.
"The fact that participation in particular programs is confidential
allows faculty members to better focus on their personal development,"
NCFDD will be launching a new course titled "Rethinking Mentoring:
How to Build Communities of Inclusion, Support, and Accountability" in
the fall. It joins courses on "How Department Chairs Can Be Effective
Allies to Faculty of Color" and "Micro-Aggressions, Micro-Resistance,
and Ally Development in the Academy" that help underrepresented faculty
flourish at their universities.
Hamer will be making presentations to groups throughout the
university to generate more awareness about these opportunities for all
Faculty and graduate students interested in self-directed professional development can use this link
to create an account with NCFDD. It takes 1-2 business days for the
account to become activated, and notification will arrive in an email.